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Gradient – Your Partner For Concrete

Gradient is a renowned concrete producer and presents on the market since 2008. It participated in a large number of big infrastructural and residential...

Ricardo Vian Marques, General Manager, Galenika a.d. Beograd

Future-Orientated Company

Over the course of 2020, Galenika continued its trend from the previous year by growing faster than the market, more than 50% faster. It...

Vladimir Skulić, Chief Executive Officer, CETIN Serbia

Bridging Divides In The Digital World

The traditional telecommunications industry has to date focused on two important business models: end user services and the development and management of telecommunications networks....

Roman Menz, Managing Director Of Moravacem, A Member Of CRH Group

We View Changes As New Opportunities

Since August 2015, when CRH first arrived on the Serbian market, the company has recorded good business results, participated in significant national infrastructure projects...

Darko Jovanović, Senior Partner, Karanović & Partners

In Love With One’s Job

Karanović & Partners, the leading legal practice in the region of Southeast Europe, has more than 100 cooperating lawyers in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina,...

Vladan Marjanović, Journalist At Weekly NIN

How The European Idea Fades

If we see a continuation of the current situation in which only politicians and athletes can shift the continent, and if the pandemic brings into question the survival of the Schengen regime, as an ideal excuse for closing borders, the already-faded gloss of the european idea could be drained completely.

If the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on international relations were judged purely the basis of the headless global rush to procure as many respirators and protective equipment as possible, in all possible legal and illegal ways, during the time of the first wave of the spread of the infection, one could think that humanity is well on its way to ending up in some sort of sanitary version of a Hobbesian war of all against all.

Fortunately, it has been reaffirmed in the meantime that international cooperation and coordinated efforts to tackle collective threats like pandemics or global warming are the only way for the world to tackle such challenges. This is supported by encouraging news of progress in the development of an effective and reliable vaccine against COVID-19: regardless of the extent to which countries like China and Russia insist on developing their own vaccines, the greatest breakthrough to date has been achieved where international intellectual and material resources have combined.

Viewed in a narrower, European framework, especially from the perspective of countries that are not EU members but declaratively or really nurture such aspirations, a major problem – apart from economic disturbances caused by the pandemic everywhere – turns out to be presented by the closing of national borders and consequent restrictions on the freedom of movement.

Only one country has truly tried to abuse the pandemic politically in order to strengthen its own position: China

Given that this measure only affects so-called ordinary people, it doesn’t carry the risk of disrupting interstate relations; but it does undermine the very idea of the EU – and, in a broader, Degolean sense, the whole of Europe – as a space where, among other things, the flow of people is unimpeded. If we see a continuation of the current situation in which only politicians and athletes can shift the continent, and if the pandemic brings into question the survival of the Schengen regime, as an ideal excuse for closing borders, the already-faded gloss of the European idea could be drained completely.

The multiply weakened capacities of the EU, overwhelmed by its own worries, have – under the conditions of the pandemic – created additional space to strengthen the influence of other powers in the Western Balkans. But here, like elsewhere in the world, only one country has truly tried to abuse the pandemic politically in order to strengthen its own position: China. Conditioning medical care with public expressions of gratitude, sending faulty equipment, aggressively promoting untruths about the treatment of patients in some European countries, even through official channels… All this came back to Beijing like a boomerang, in the form of the collapse of its international reputation; everywhere except in these parts, where different criteria apply, so such treatment is crowned with bizarre fraternisation.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus

Support For The European Perspective And Dedication To The Principles Of International Law

We had a very open and constructive exchange of opinions regarding the latest developments in the Western Balkans, as well as the European perspective...

Time Of Paradoxes

The European Parliament has adopted the Report on Serbia that cites scandals and pressure exerted on the media and non-governmental organisations. Serbia has also...

Dušan Milisavljević Ph.D., Specialist Otolaryngologist And Professor At The University Of Niš Faculty Of Medicine

Charlatans Confuse Citizens

The health system in Serbia responded solidly to the challenge of the pandemic, showing resilience and perseverance based on the enthusiasm and love of...

Dr Jasmina Knežević, Founder And Director Of Bel Medic

Only Intelligent And Creative People Cooperating Will Save Humanity

We are not a rich, well-organised country with a practise of planning, but our public healthcare sector reorganised itself quickly and successfully. However, the...

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U.S. Announces New USAID Development Cooperation Strategy With Serbia

On April 12, 2021, the Ministry for European Integration and the United States Government officially extended their development partnership...

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310 000 FFP2 masks, 730 000 surgical masks and 730 000 pairs of protective gloves arrived today in Belgrade...

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U.S. Announces New USAID Development Cooperation Strategy With Serbia

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310 000 FFP2 masks, 730 000 surgical masks and 730 000 pairs of protective gloves arrived today in Belgrade...

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U.S. Announces New USAID Development Cooperation Strategy With Serbia

On April 12, 2021, the Ministry for European Integration and the United States Government officially extended their development partnership...

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310 000 FFP2 masks, 730 000 surgical masks and 730 000 pairs of protective gloves arrived today in Belgrade...

AFD Approves EUR 50 MLN To Support Serbia’s Reform Agenda On Climate Change

The French Development Agency (AFD) Foreign States Committee has approved on Wednesday the first phase of a Public Policy...

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Support For The European Perspective And Dedication To The Principles Of International Law

We had a very open and constructive exchange of opinions regarding the latest developments in the Western Balkans, as...
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